In a time when even superb SAT scores and valedictorian status don't necessarily secure a spot at a top college, The Cooper Hill College Application Essay Bible offers useful insight into what students can do to make their applications stand out.

The Bible reprints essays from students who gained admission to their schools of choice, then analyzes the essays to show what the students did right. Divided into essay topics, from athletics to disability to ethnicity, the book advises students on producing something fresh that will distinguish their essay from the thousands of others flooding the admissions office mailboxes. The proof is in the pudding: these essays helped students get into Yale, MIT and many high-quality institutions in between. This book is an indispensable tool for students seeking to stand out from the crowd.

Amy Scribner writes from Olympia, Washington.


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